By VIVA Staff, VIVA, 11/05/2017
There’s some pros and cons to drinking alcohol, and at the risk of promoting what can often be a dangerous and extremely unhealthy habit, we’re going to go with a pro today.
According to a study done by researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University, and King’s College London, it turns out that drinking alcohol can actually improve your ability to speak more than one language. Want proof? They randomly tested 50 native German speakers who had recently learned Dutch, and — after consuming drinks that either contained a little alcohol or none at all — asked them to chat with a researcher in Dutch (who had no idea which people were drinking). The result? Participants who had consumed alcohol prior to the chat had significantly better ratings (languages skills and proper pronunciation) than those who hadn’t.
Maybe it’s the liquid courage or that warm, fuzzy feeling that a shot of whiskey leaves behind in your belly. Whatever it is, it only applies to a very low dosage — the equivalent to just under one pint of 5% beer for a 150 pound male. And exciting as this research is, it’s best noted that more studies should be done before you bank on the same results. As researcher Dr. Jessica Werthmann said, “we need to be cautious about the implications of these results until we know more about what causes the observed results. One possible mechanism could be the anxiety-reducing effect of alcohol. But more research is needed to test this.”